We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Burns and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, how does your business help the community?
As an EdTech consultant, I help educators leverage the power of technology in the classroom — strategically and with purpose. From on-site workshops to virtual webinars, I support educators who want to empower their students as creators and collaborators in digital spaces. I share actionable, ready-for-tomorrow tips for educators, as both a keynote and featured speaker. If you follow along on Instagram you already know — I love to travel and work with educators across the country, and around the world! I am an EdTech consultant and professional development facilitator passionate about the power of thoughtful technology integration! My mission is to help educators place tasks before apps and promote deeper learning with technology.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I started my career in education as a classroom teacher in New York City, writing an “About Me” page for a website would not have been on my to-do list. My teaching career began in a classroom with chalk, textbooks, and an overhead projector — and it looked pretty much the same as when I was a fifth grader. But within a few years, we traded overhead projectors for iPads… and that’s a big part of the reason there is a website here for you to find today. I credit the start of my journey with a phone call… from an organization who wanted a teacher (me) to tell just a couple more teachers about ways to use technology with students. Well, I showed up to an event that wasn’t “just a few teachers,” but a few hundred educators looking for help as they navigated the fast-changing world of education technology. So I jumped on stage in front of a packed house and starting sharing the ways my students and I used technology in our classroom. When the teachers who showed up that night started asking for the name of my blog, my Twitter handle, a link to my presentation… I didn’t have an answer. I hadn’t thought that my knowledge or experience was worth sharing, that it could help someone else, or that just maybe… my tips, strategies, and EdTech favorites would be useful to a larger audience. That was 2012, fast forward to today… I’ve had the chance to work with educators on three continents, speak at events like ISTE, SXSWedu, and EdTechXEurope, and reach thousands of educators through my books, my website ClassTechTips.com, my podcast, and my social media accounts. It’s been an exciting ride for sure, and I’m so lucky to spend most of my time with teachers and kids in classrooms, connecting with educators at conferences, and writing about EdTech.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to take friends who visit on a walking tour of my city. This usually includes a stop at a favorite coffee spot or grabbing a slice of pizza
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shout out to my fellow ASCD authors! The community of ASCD authors I am a part of have inspired me and helped me think through the very best ways to support fellow educators.